6 volt light on a 12 volt system?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by rja, Jan 11, 2001.

  1. rja

    rja LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 25

    I have always been told that the stupid question is the one not asked. Thus said, here goes...
    I have a 6 volt tractor light which was left over from my Ford 8N. I need a rear light on the Kubota L3000. The 6 volt light fits nicely and there is a hot wire already directly underneath it (nice design Kubota!). My question is: will this light just burn brighter and then die or will it be ok? Is there any resister? that I could put on it to lower the charge? Will this hurt the tractor's electrical system? I really hate to junk the old light and spend more $$ on a new one. Please don't laugh too hard and thanks for you input. Rich.

  2. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    It wont hurt the electrical system, but it will definitely fry your old bulb.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    I am certainly no electrician. But I did almost buy a 54 Chev P/U that he had taken from 6V to 12V. For all the guages he just ran them through some kind of resistor or step-down, and everyting was fine. At the same time, I'd think you get a $20 set of fog lamps or something else from an auto parts store that IS 12V and hook that up.
  4. SpringValley

    SpringValley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    Nice icon eh?
    If you really like the light, you should be able to buy a 12V bulb for it. NAPA should have one.


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